• Demystifying DeFi

    Online event

    Learn about the exciting world of DeFi and how traditional financial services are coming to the decentralized world. For the first time, we have the technology to conduct banking services without a third party. This is the vision that DeFi brings to reality.

    Demystifying DeFi takes place over two days:

    Part One takes place on July 22nd from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    -https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89336982495
    -Learn about the basics of DeFi by examining its unique concepts and properties.

    Part Two takes place on July 23rd from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    -https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89212898622
    -Explore DeFi's different applications and learn how to use these tools!

    Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect and to get a recording of both days sent to your email
    ** https://www.eventbrite.com/e/161163810295 **

  • Navigating NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

    Online event

    We are running the Navigating NFT webinar again for anyone that didn't get to see it the first time!

    Learn the history behind NFTs from colored coins on the Bitcoin network to the creation of ERC-721 tokens on Ethereum. See how NFTs make digital uniqueness possible and why that’s valuable.

    Navigating NFTs Explains
    -What NFTs are and what makes something non-fungible
    -The common misconceptions around NFTs
    -How to create your own NFTs
    -The different types of NFTs (Utility vs. Non-Utility)
    -The current state of the NFT art and collectible market
    -What we think the future holds

    Join us on Tuesday, July 6th at noon (CDT) to watch the webinar live or grab a ticket and watch a recording at your convenience.

    **Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect and to get a recording of the webinar sent to your email**
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/158630386757

  • Navigating NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens)

    Online event

    The popularity of NFTs has blown through the stratosphere in the last few months and brought blockchain to the mainstream like nothing before it.

    Learn the history behind NFTs from colored coins on the Bitcoin network to the creation of ERC-721 tokens on Ethereum. See how NFTs make digital uniqueness possible and why that’s valuable.

    Navigating NFTs Explains
    -What NFTs are and what makes something non-fungible
    -The common misconceptions around NFTs
    -How to create your own NFTs
    -The different types of NFTs and what they are used for
    -The current state of the NFT art and collectible market
    -What we think the future holds

    Join us on Wednesday, June 2nd at noon (CDT) to watch the webinar live or grab a ticket and watch a recording at your convenience.

    **Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect and to get a recording of the webinar sent to your email**
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/154322024329

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  • The Crypto Curious Course

    Online event

    The Crypto Curious Course is back!

    This webinar is designed to help onboard those who are new to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It's a great place to ask questions and learn about the history of Bitcoin and how it works.

    If you’re tired of explaining to your friends and family why blockchain and crypto are the future, send them to this free course! Teaching blockchain is not just our job, it’s our mission.

    **Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we know how many people to expect and to get a recording of the webinar sent to your email**
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/150837064721

    The Crypto Curious Course takes place over two days:

    Part One takes place on April 29th from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM and covers the basics of this new digital currency and the revolutionary technology behind it.

    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96487471650?pwd=b1hWcnZTa0tYcy8wR2laRzdYc29ZZz09

    Part Two takes place on April 30th from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM and shows you how to conduct a crypto transaction and explores the different ways this new technology can impact several industries.

    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92663362947?pwd=d1BUTXNaRy9YQU03ZmE3NjJHZFFNQT09

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  • Demystifying DeFi, Stablecoins, and NFTs course

    Needs a location

    Mark your calendars! The Blockchain Institute is hosting a free webinar on March 19th.

    Learn about the exciting world of DeFi and how traditional financial services are coming to the decentralized world. For the first time, we have the technology to conduct banking services without a third party. This is the vision that DeFi brings to reality.

    You can learn more about the course on our website:
    https://weteachblockchain.org/decentralized-finance-course/

    And get a ticket for the event here:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/143845001271

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  • Friday CHI Get Together & Grants & Hackathon Events from Gitcoin

    It's been a while since we have had a Chicago get together. We should have plenty to catch up on considering the All-Time High, Eth2, and Gitcoin Grants.

    On Airmeet, there are a bunch of tables you can sit at. If you like the conversation you can stick around. If not you can try another table.

    It also has a great 5-minute speed networking feature.

    Here is what will happen:
    3pm CST - Event starts. Roll into the event and say hi at a table
    3:15 - An announcement from the Gitcoin Team including Disruption Joe
    3:30 - Taking questions from the crowd
    3:50 - Hang out at tables and speed network until the end.

    The Airmeet meeting has all the Gitcoin Grants events so feel free to join any, but the session we are for is the one on Friday at 3pm CST.
    https://www.airmeet.com/e/48458de0-247a-11eb-928f-8f3ac926165c

    About Gitcoin:

    Gitcoin Grants Round 8 is here. If you are a developer, you should know!

    Here is how you can participate: signup.gitcoin.co/gr8

    1. Create a grant and fund your open source project.

    2. Fund a grant and help direct the $500,000 in matching funds. (Don't need to be a developer to donate!)

    3. Join the Hackathon with over $160,000 in prizes so far!

    signup.gitcoin.co/gr8

    Gitcoin has been raising funding for open source since 2018. So far they have raised over $8.5 million!

    Developers use Gitcoin to earn quick money by completing bounties and participating in hackathons. They also develop their skills while networking in the crypto space.

    Most importantly, they can find funding for their open-source projects through the Gitcoin Grants program. Any developer can apply for a grant and the community votes for it by donating. At the end of each round, a large matching pool is split amongst all the grants via a formula called quadratic funding.

    Here is a great writeup from Vitalik Buterin on the last round in September where almost $750,000 was raised!

    https://vitalik.ca/general/2020/10/18/round7.html

    This mechanism finds a balance between one-person/one-vote and one-dollar-one vote. It also eliminates almost all the administrative overhead of many charitable organizations. The donations are peer to peer and the matching funds go to the projects.

    We think this use of blockchain will be fundamental in growing decentralized ecosystems and funding public goods outside of technology.

    In May, Gitcoin used the mechanism to facilitate $150,000 in city funds allocated to helping small businesses. Citizen donated to businesses they approved of and the matching pool from the city was allocated using this method.

    I'm looking forward to seeing you all again!

    Disruption Joe

    https://www.airmeet.com/e/48458de0-247a-11eb-928f-8f3ac926165c

  • The Crypto Curious Course

    4649 N Broadway

    Blockchain Institute is conducting a free in-person course on Saturday, February 22nd.

    The Crypto Curious Course is a 4-hour course designed to help onboard those who are new to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. It's a great place to ask questions and learn about the history of Bitcoin and how it works.

    If you’re tired of explaining to your friends and family why blockchain and crypto are the future, send them to this free course! Teaching blockchain is not just our job, it’s our mission.

    When: Saturday, February 22 (10 AM - 2 PM)
    Where: Chicago HackHaus, 4649 N Broadway Ave, Chicago, 60640

    You can learn more about the course and reserve a spot here, https://weteachblockchain.org/crypto-curious/

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  • The 4th Blockress coming back to Chicago!

    CAHIIM (The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education)

    Buy your tickets at - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4th-international-blockchain-congress-2020-tickets-82065681663

    Blockress is an international all-day premier event in Chicago attended by 450+ blockchain and cryptocurrency professionals from 20+ countries and 5 continents.

    Agenda contains keynotes, panel discussions, lightning talks, fireside chats, startup pitches, workshops, breakout group sessions, investor dinners, strategic roundtables, and VIP networking.

    Gain insight into the key factors shaping the industry as we move into 2020, network with C-level executives, founders and investors keep on top of the latest blockchain trends and meet key influencers from within and outside the crypto space.

    ➡ Learn More - www.blockress.com
    ➡ Check Blockress Prospectus

    Key Numbers:
    5 continents
    20+ countries
    450+ Attendees
    $30+ billion crypto AUM
    25+ sessions

    Be sure to buy your tickets on Eventbrite!

  • Beginner's Guide to Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology

    125 South Wacker Drive

    Still not sure about bitcoin and blockchain technology? This event is designed for you. We will have a presentation showcasing the differences in bitcoin and the blockchain technology which supports it followed by an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have.

    Agenda

    5pm - Welcome & Networking
    5:20 - Presentation from Disruption Joe on Bitcoin & Blockchain
    6pm - Q&A Session (Beginner questions welcome)
    6:30 - Networking
    7pm - Doors Close

    Presentation Topics

    Bitcoin
    -The History of Money
    An examination of money throughout history, its creation, the social contract, and its functions in society.
    -What Bitcoin Did First
    The innovation behind bitcoin was not a technology breakthrough, rather it was a novel use of multi-disciplinary knowledge including cryptography, game theory, and computer science.
    -Bitcoin's Role Today
    Today we see large institutions buying into bitcoin and fighting for their slice of the digital asset pie. TD Ameritrade and Fidelity sponsored our Voice of Blockchain showing the maturity of this new asset class.

    Blockchain
    -What Makes It a Blockchain
    Is blockchain a disruptive technology? What is the purpose of private or permissioned blockchain systems? Is it just a database?
    -Enterprise Use Cases
    We will look at some of the real-world implementations of blockchain technology including an overview of how industries are innovating today.

    Join us for a fun night of learning and discussions.

    MUST RSVP BY MIDNIGHT ON 11/24 FOR BUILDING SECURITY

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  • Blockchain Scenarios in Financial Services/Capital Markets: by Microsoft

    Conviser Law Center at Illinois Institute of Technology

    Fintank is hosting: Microsoft presents a view of Enterprise Blockchain

    Must Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-scenarios-in-financial-servicescapital-markets-by-microsoft-tickets-79048278529

    About this Event

    Microsoft is a major player in the world of blockchain. Attend Fintank’s blockchain meet-up on Nov. 21 to hear first-hand about Microsoft’s point of view and strategy for blockchain. PJ Johnson, Principal Architect at Microsoft, will present and engage with the audience.

    PJ will share 2019 enterprise blockchain successes, expectations for blockchain in 2020, and describe Microsoft’s new Azure Blockchain Tokens platform. This highly interactive session will advance your blockchain knowledge and add to your personal network of Chicago blockchain professionals.

    About the speaker: PJ Johnson is a Principal Architect at Microsoft. PJ has extensive experience with blockchain, AI, data and cloud computing. He has deep knowledge of the financial services, retail and CPG industries.

    Register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blockchain-scenarios-in-financial-servicescapital-markets-by-microsoft-tickets-79048278529